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Juvenile Justice System and Risk Factor Data: 2005 Annual Report

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Date Published
June 2008
139 pages
This Annual Report of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority for 2005 presents comprehensive data on juvenile justice in the State, as well as a brief explanation of risk factors and their importance to the juvenile justice system, which are intended to assist juvenile justice system policymakers and practitioners in developing informed planning and policy initiatives.
The risk-factor data pertain to characteristics, experiences, or circumstances that research has shown to put youth at risk for delinquency. These include community risk factors, social risk factors, school risk factors, individual risk factors, and situational risk factors; however, since data are not readily available for individual or situational risk factors, this report focuses on risk factors related to the community, social conditions, and school experiences. For the community context, data pertain to substance abuse treatment, educational attainment, unemployment, income, poverty, and temporary assistance to needy families. Data on social context pertain to domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, sexual abuse, crimes against youth, and correctional inmates with children. Data for the school context address truancy, truant minors in need of supervision, suspensions, expulsions, dropouts, and crimes against school personnel. Data for the State's juvenile justice system address arrests and courts (delinquency petitions, adjudications, detention, transfers to criminal court, and sentencing). Special issues for which data are provided are the overrepresentation of minority youth in the juvenile justice system (arrests, detention, and corrections); status offenders; females in the juvenile justice system (arrests, detention, and corrections); mental health services; youth involved in both the State's child welfare and juvenile justice systems; specialized courts; juvenile justice councils; restitution; community service; youth courts; and record expungement. 24 tables, 21 figures, and 17 maps

Date Published: June 1, 2008